By Bonita L. Ermac
Marawi City — Military officials here have been consistent in reminding their personnel in the battle fronts to refrain from looting abandoned houses and other properties as any violators will be dealt with accordingly.
Col. Romeo Brawner, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi, they will keep on reminding their men to “do their work by preserving the properties – and not to loot them.”
“On our part tuluy-tuloy iyong reminder ng mga sundalo na hindi na tintrabaho ang magnakaw, kung di ay i-preserve dapat iyong mga properties na ito,” he said.
Brawner confirmed that there were some soldiers who have been caught looting in the area, especially during the first days of the crisis.
“May mga nahuli tayong mga sundalo na gumagawa nito, nahuli natinsila, nakasuhanna and very soon may decision na po,” he said.
Details on how many were involved are being withheld, pending further investigation.
But Brawner was quick to add that there were also policemen who were caught looting in the war-ravaged city.
“A criminal case will be filed against those who have committed the crime and they can be discharge from the service if proven otherwise,” said Brawner.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police, together with the local government of Marawi, have overseen the padlocking of houses and other structures to prevent looters from entering.
Patrols continue to be conducted in the villages of the city.